Along the Watchtower
by David Litwack
My rating: 4.5 stars
Publication Date: June 2, 2013
Publisher: Double Dragon eBooks
Genre: Adult Fiction
Print Length: 214 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
A Tragic Warrior Lost in Two Worlds…
war in Iraq ended for Lieutenant Freddie Williams when an IED explosion
left his mind and body shattered. Once he was a skilled gamer and
expert in virtual warfare. Now he’s a broken warrior, emerging from a
medically induced coma to discover he’s inhabiting two separate
realities. The first is his waking world of pain, family trials, and
remorse—and slow rehabilitation through the tender care of Becky, his
physical therapist. The second is a dark fantasy realm of quests,
demons, and magic that Freddie enters when he sleeps.
dreams he is Frederick, Prince of Stormwind, who must make sense of his
horrific visions in order to save his embattled kingdom from the
monstrous Horde. His only solace awaits him in the royal gardens, where
the gentle words of the beautiful gardener, Rebecca, calm the storms in
his soul. While in the conscious world, the severely wounded vet faces a
strangely similar and equally perilous mission—a journey along a dark
road haunted by demons of guilt and memory—and letting patient, loving
Becky into his damaged and shuttered heart may be his only way back from
Along the Watchtower by David Litwak
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
The aftermath of war can be devastating for a returning hero. For Lieutenant Freddie Williams, an explosion destroyed part of his body and shattered his mind. His world split in two, the reality of his pain-filled world and the fantastical world he goes to in his dreams. Once a proficient gamer, his dreams take him into a world where he is trying to be a fierce warrior, Frederick, the Prince of Stormwind, trying to save his kingdom from the Horde. As the lines between his waking reality and his dreaming fantasy reality begin to blur, Freddie begins to understand that what happens in his dreams my hold the answers to dealing with his life. Becky, his therapist, plays a major role in both worlds and becomes a lifeline for Freddie’s recovery. Will Freddie’s lives meld together with the help of Becky?
Along the Watchtower by David Litwak is a powerful and moving tale of the horrors of war, the damage done to the brave soldiers that come home, often maimed inside and out. PTSD manifests in many ways, sometimes it’s in an escape into a world where the conflict can be manipulated and won, as is the case for Freddie, who works through his issues in his dreams, using the characters he could relate to from his gaming days. Mr. Litwak has created and blended these worlds seamlessly, while creating wonderful characters to populate the world he has brought to life. Using the premise of a war game, he skillfully fleshes out both Freddie and Frederick as they grow into their own new realities. Combined with a warm love story, this is a unique read that one cannot help but find fascinating and memorable.
I received this copy as part of the Along the Watchtower review tour stopping at Tome Tender June 13, 2014.